Microtech Mini Socom Elite Automatic
This was my first Microtech Automatic knife, and even though it was not expensive, I really cherished it because of the fit and finish that Microtechs have gave it such an appealing look to me. Within a week of purchasing it, a buddy of mine at the Dojo I train at fired it for the first time, and the kick made him drop the knife right onto the concrete, putting several dents into the aluminum of the knife. It was painful moment…
The Mini-Socom Elite Auto and Manuals were the first Microtechs that were really affordable in my mind. They made an auto MT available at not much more than $110US. Previously, you were looking at paying closer to $200US for any of their automatic knives. Now the price of this knife has increased quite a bit however.
As you can see from the pictures, this model has the stonewash blade (which I think MT does one of the best jobs of in the inudstry) and black aluminum handles with black grip tape inserts. This is around the time that Microtech also started using the tri-spanner screws in all their knives, making it extremely difficult to disassemble them. Bits are now easy to get for those screws, and available on most sites that carry Microtech.
The Mini Socom is very light, with substantial kick. The scales are thinner than most similarly sized autos, with nice purchase and a comfortable grip. Blade is flat ground, 154CM steel, medium-sized at 3.4″ and clip point in shape. A very practical EDC user. I really do recommend this knife for an all-round user in the Automatics category.
Blade Length: 3.4″
Overall Length: 7.75″
Blade Steel: 154cm
Handle Material: Annodized Aluminum
Blade Steel: 154CM